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26 Jan 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Somalia Total affected population: 4.9 million
Total affected children (under 18): 2 million
Total people to be reached in 2016: 3.6 million
Total children to be reached in 2016: 1.5 million 2016 programme targets

•110,000 children under 5 years suffering from SAM admitted to therapeutic treatment programmes

•2.3 million people in high-risk areas accessed basic health services
•445,000 children under 1 year immunized against measles

16 Nov 2015 description

Joint Press Release: The Federal Government of Somalia/Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance/ United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO)

MOGADISHU 16 November 2015 – The Somali authorities have launched a new polio vaccine aimed at ensuring that Somalia remains free of polio – fifteen months after the last confirmed case was detected.

11 Nov 2015 description


  1. The number of cases of polio that have occurred so far in 2015 is at its lowest point in history.

  2. Since the last report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), Nigeria has been removed from the list of polio endemic countries. Only two now remain: Pakistan and Afghanistan. No Wild Polio Virus (WPV) Type 3 has been reported anywhere in the world since November 2012, no WPV2 has arisen since 1999, and no WPV1 has been found in Africa since August 2014 in Somalia. These are major achievements.

22 Oct 2015 description


NAIROBI, 22 October 2015 - The 2013-2014 polio outbreak in Somalia, which affected nearly 200 people, most of them children, has officially been declared over, 14 months after the last polio case was identified.

Experts say this remarkable achievement is the result of the enormous efforts and commitment shown by governments, health workers, and parents to ensure that their children receive the vaccine.

17 Sep 2015 description

Executive Summary

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) leadership agreed at the time of the 2013–2018 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan (PEESP) development that the programme would regularly assess progress, reflect on the lessons learned, plan for the risks ahead, and make needed adjustments to the activities and costs of the plan going forward. This midterm review (MTR) was conducted by a team from the GPEI partners under the guidance of the Strategy Committee (SC) from March-May 2015.

15 Sep 2015 description

Surveillance Officers like Amina Ismail in Kenya spend their days chasing the poliovirus to its final hiding places, so that it can be stopped forever.

Eradicating polio from the world forever will be one of the biggest public health achievements of our time. Surveillance Officers like Amina Ismail, working for the World Health Organization, know that it is not just vaccinating every last child but being able to trace every last virus that will take us over the finishing line to eradication.

28 Aug 2015 description
report Guardian

Continent is on the way to finally being rid of the disease, but violent conflicts, particularly in Somalia and Nigeria, pose threat to immunisation programme

Africa has achieved a year without any new cases of wild polio for the first time, but experts warn that violent insurgencies could yet prove their “achilles heel” in finally eradicating the disease.

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11 Aug 2015 description

Mogadishu, 11 August 2015 — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the last reported case of polio in Somalia. To mark the occasion, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Humanitarian Coordinator, Peter de Clercq, participated in a vaccination campaign for children at the Medina IDP Camp in Mogadishu.

Joined by representatives of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Mr de Clercq praised the work of national health authorities, Somali volunteers and the international community to stop the outbreak of Polio in Somalia that began in 2013.

28 Jul 2015 description

A high-level visit to Selam Health Centre in Addis Ababa this month marked continuing commitment to keeping Ethiopia polio-free

20 Jul 2015 description


Priority Needs

• Acute food insecurity and high levels of malnutrition: 3 million people are in need of life-saving assistance and livelihood support, of which 731,000 are unable to meet their basic food requirements. 203,000 children are acutely malnourished, with around 38,000 of these children at risk of death without health and nutrition support.

02 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • How Surveillance Works

  • Containing a Polio Outbreak: Horn of Africa and Central Africa

  • Review of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan

  • Global Voices in Support of Polio Eradication

26 Jun 2015 description


309 Update on vaccine-derived polioviruses worldwide, January 2014–March 2015


309 Le point sur les poliovirus dérivés de souches vaccinales détectés dans le monde, janvier 2014-mars 2015

19 Jun 2015 description
  • An Independent Outbreak Response Assessment in Equatorial Guinea took place last week with over a year since the most recent case of polio on the 3 May 2014. They concluded that there is no evidence that wild poliovirus continues to circulate in the country and that there has been a significant improvement in surveillance. Strengthening routine immunization was identified as the highest priority for sustaining the gains of the outbreak response.

16 Jun 2015 description

The external assessment team that conducted the final Polio outbreak assessment in Ethiopia earlier this month has confirmed that Ethiopia has successfully interrupted the transmission of the Wild Polio Virus outbreak nearly two years after the outbreak was confirmed in the Horn of Africa.

16 Jun 2015 description


  • The South Sudanese Government delegation began consultative talks in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) prior to the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in South Africa (16-17 June 2015). The Summit is expected to discuss the proposed new format of the talks including the Troika countries (United States of America, United Kingdom and Norway), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), China and five other members of the AU.

11 Jun 2015 description

This week, the “Written Declaration on EU Support and Funding for Polio Eradication” was signed by a majority of the members of the European Parliament. In total, 380 European Parliamentarians signed the Written Declaration, which calls for continued commitment to polio eradication by the European Commission. More

09 Jun 2015 description
report Rotary

Nigeria and the whole continent of Africa is on the cusp of being polio free, Dr. Hamid Jafari told audience members at the Rotary Convention on 8 June in São Paulo, Brazil.

05 Jun 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The recent intensification of conflict has continued to take a heavy toll on children with a total of 161 incidents of grave child rights violations reported this year, 84 of which have been reported from Unity State in May alone. This includes the verified killing of 95 children and unverified reports of large scale use of children by the all sides to the conflict. Unverified reports of similar grave child rights violations have been reported in Upper Nile State.

05 Jun 2015 description


  • SOUTH SUDAN: On 18 and 23 May, UNHCR together with local authorities and the host community organized official ceremonies to hand over agricultural land to refugees in Kaya, Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps. The host community provided 3,295 ha in Kaya and 431 ha in Yusuf Batil and Gendrassa camps in 2015. Refugee communities have started demarcation and allocation of land. To increase refugees’ self-reliance, UNHCR and its partners are supporting refugees with the distribution of seeds.